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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Prehistoric Art

Most of this stuff is nearly 10 years old.
It's all large stuff.
Ink mostly.
There's a pencil then in there too that my lecturers hated...perhaps I've posted this before....


Girl said...

Were you having a bad drawing day when you did 'Alas'?

RedDiabla said...

My faves are the bunny and "alas" guy. Makes me wanna learn how to use ink like that.

Elliot Cowan said...

JAG - I had actually just had a spat with my fuckwit of a boss at the time.
I took my frustrations out on paper.

Red - 3 of these images are Tom Waits related, including the top two and the last one (which is a caricature).
You may know his play The Black Rider? The first two are based on songs from that.
There are more in the series that I've given away over the years.

There's an art to using a pen and nib, and in fact I feel it tends to dictate the style quite a bit.

Oscar Grillo said...

These drawings are amazing!I love sound and fury as basis for expression!!

Elliot Cowan said...

Cheers Oscar.
I very rarely draw without music playing, one feeds the other.
I suspect you may agree.

Oscar Grillo said...


Kat Morris said...

Crazy inks! Your old work has a very strong Steadman feel to it.

Elliot Cowan said...

Cheers Kat.
They do, but I was really looking at Gerald Scarfe and not Steadman.
(Happy Birthday, btw).

Emmett said...

This stuff is fantastic. What is it about ink that's so emotional. I'm still learning myself. The top piece and the one with the bleeding rabbit come from somewhere I can't even imagine.

Elliot Cowan said...

Emmett - I hope that it's the artist who is providing the emotion, not the ink itself.
The two pieces you refer to were inspired by the Tom Waits play/CD The Black Rider.
If you don't know it you should look it up.

Emmett said...

Elliot, I know as well as you that the artist provides the emotion. I was commenting on the medium. I just find something special in ink, maybe because its irreversible and spontaneous (depending on how you use it).

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